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Icy rains force 58,000 to evacuate in southern China

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

 Torrential icy rain across five provinces in southern China has forced 58,000 people to evacuate from their damaged homes, causing economic losses of $203.8 million, the ministry of civil affairs said on Wednesday.

Freezing rain has pummeled the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou in the past few days, killing one person and causing more than 1,200 houses to collapse, the ministry added.

The harsh weather in southern China, where winter is usually relatively mild, has damaged 142,400 hectares of crops in the provinces that produce rice, timber and coal and caused economic losses of 1.35 billion yuan ($203.8 million) as of Tuesday, the ministry added.

In southwestern Guizhou province, 22,800 people were forced to evacuate from their homes on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The icy weather and sleet have paralyzed traffic and strained power networks in some areas ahead of the vast migrations of people for the Lunar New Year holiday next month.

Highways in Guizhou have been clogged in the past few days, leaving thousands stranded in their cars as almost all expressways in the province were closed, said the Guizhou Provincial Department of Transport.

On Tuesday, traffic slowly returned to normal in Guizhou as all ice-covered highways reopened after being closed for over 30 hours. Guizhou’s provincial weather forecaster warned that it could take five more days for the cold and rainy weather to subside.

In early 2008, freezing weather across southern China caused power cuts and transport chaos, preventing many residents from spending the Lunar New Year with their families. The disruption rippled across the region, causing a brief spike in food prices.

Source: SGGP

UN renews Ivory Coast force mandate

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

The UN Security Council extended the mandate of UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast in defiance of Laurent Gbagbo’s calls that the force leave as world powers made new calls for him to stand down as leader.

Amidst UN accusations that the strongman’s followers had been involved in killings and that his entourage had hired mercenaries, the Security Council made its most explicit sign of support yet for opposition leader Alassane Ouattara as the rightful president.

The European Union imposed sanctions on Gbagbo, his wife and 17 other Ivorians, the United States said it was preparing new action against him.

The UN Security Council also warned that it could order “targeted” sanctions and reinforce the 10,000-strong UNOCI peacekeeping force.

Nearly all the international community has recognized Ouattara as winner of Ivory Coast’s November 28 election and fears of a repeat of the country’s 2002 civil war have grown as Gbagbo has clung to the presidential palace.

UN peacekeepers patrol near the UNOCI headquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010.

The UN has accused Gbagbo’s security forces of involvement in dozens of alleged kidnappings and murders.

UN peacekeeping supremo Alain Le Roy warned that the UN force faced a “dangerous” confrontation with Gbagbo and accused the disputed leader of using mercenaries.

“It is clear that President Gbagbo’s camp is doing everything to make life difficult for us, including by blocking our supplies and by harassing our personnel, and carrying out provocations, some armed,” Le Roy told AFP.

“They want to cut all of our fuel. They are forcing us to leave the apartments we use,” added the UN under secretary general after briefing the UN Security Council on the UN mission in Ivory Coast, UNOCI.

“There is direct harassment of UNOCI. They are really trying to make our life difficult, they want to make it impossible.”

Security Council resolution 1962 warned that UN might more troops “as may be needed” from other peacekeeping missions and it called on countries to be ready to help any new appeal for forces.

It said the Security Council was ready “to impose measures, including targeted sanctions, against persons who, among other things, threaten the peace process and national reconciliation.”

UN peacekeepers and France’s 900-strong force continued to patrol the streets of Abidjan and to protect the Golf hotel where Ouattara has set up his base.

UNOCI chief Choi Young-jin accused Gbagbo’s troops of blockading the Golf Hotel and “on and off denying access to food and water supply trucks.”

He complained that gunmen in military uniform opened fire on a UN patrol, and said the Gbagbo camp had sent armed young men to intimidate UN staff in their homes at night.

Gbagbo and Ouattara have both declared themselves president, but the Gbagbo retains control of the armed forces and the presidential palace.

Ouattara is backed by the former rebels that control areas north of a 2003 ceasefire line but in the south, home to the cocoa ports that dominate Ivory Coast’s economy, he is confined to the Golf Hotel.

Meanwhile, in the poor suburbs of Abidjan, there are reports of gangs in uniform raiding houses at night and killing suspected Ouattara backers.

On Sunday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern about “the growing evidence of massive violations of human rights”.

“In the past three days there has been more than 50 people killed, and over 200 injured,” she said.”

Pillay said “armed individuals in military uniform accompanied by elements of the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) or militia groups” took people at night and some were “found dead in questionable circumstances.”

Gbagbo’s interior minister, Emile Guirieoulou, rejected accused the UN of producing a “partisan report” about alleged rights abuses.

“The violence of the past few days has seen around 14 members of the Defence and Security Forces shot dead. That is not said often enough,” he told AFP.

The Ivorians sanctioned by the European Union include top presidential advisers, senior security officials and military officers, the head of state television, Gbagbo’s wife Simone and her chief bodyguard.

France urged Gbagbo to restrain his forces, and warned that the French peacekeeping contingent will protect its estimated 15,000 expatriate citizens there.

In Washington, the Barack Obama administration urged Gbagbo to step down and threatened sanctions against him and his family within days, saying there is no doubt he had lost a disputed presidential vote.

“The election was clear, its result was clear, and it’s time for him to go,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Source: SGGP

HCMC to force investors to construct educational institutions

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairperson of HCMC People’s Committee (Photo: SGGP)

The People’s Committee will force investors to build educational, healthcare, and entertainment facilities in a plan for new residential blocks, said Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairperson of the Ho Chi Minh City government.

After several cases of children of workers being mistreated, governments have paid more attention to the construction of pre-schools in all industrial parks and zones, even those districts without educational institutions.

Mr. Thuan told Sai Gon Giai Phong journalist that the city has ordered the construction of 15 public pre-schools educational facilities for children.

In addition, HCMC is the first city in the country to implement special policies for teachers with regard to pre-schools.

Mr. Thuan said that however due to our large population, the city cannot meet the demands of any more facilities.

In addition, businesses from the industrial parks in the city, which employ many female workers, must also help the government build more schools for children.

When planning and constructing industrial parks, the city have always ensured that educational and medical facilities are also built.  However, local governments have not always been enforcing these practices, and many enterprises have not followed building requirements.

Kids are learning English at a pre-school in district 4, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Thuan said in article 116 of the Labor law, it states that all employers must build pre-schools or least give financial assistance to female workers that have children in their companies.

After a tour of some of industrial parks and processing zones in the city, Mr. Thuan directed the Department of Education and Training and the Management Board of these industrial parks and processing zones in the city to construct more pre-schools and places where trees can be planted in the parks.

According to Mr. Thuan, investment in education should not be just for profit only, but a way of helping its female employees.

The city will give support to the construction of these facilities in the attempt to reduce pressure on new populated residential areas, where there is a serious shortage of pre-schools.

He hopes that all investors and parents contribute, with the government, in the construction of high quality suitable schools.

Source: SGGP

Heavy downpours force VN to cancel flights

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Vietnam Airlines cancelled 30 flights to and from Vinh and Chu Lai airports from October 15-18 due to heavy downpours occurred in north central provinces, said a representative from Vietnam Airlines.

To ensure safety for passengers, Vietnam airlines cancelled 28 flights to and from Vinh City and two flights to and from Quang Nam Province.

Vietnam Airlines on October 18 carried out two flights from Vinh airport to Ho Chi Minh City to reduce affected passengers.

It also expects to increase more four flights between Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh and Hanoi – Vinh, not  including six daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh and two flights between Hanoi – Vinh as usual.

Passengers should update information on website: and mass media channels or contact to Vietnam Airlines’ agencies.

Source: SGGP

Police force marks 65th anniversary

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Police force marks 65th anniversary

QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has praised the efforts and achievements the police force has made since its establishment in 1945.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the force on August 17, PM Dung stressed that the Party and State always highly value the police’s feat of arms, contributions and sacrifice to the country’s revolutionary cause.

All the force’s staff have displayed their firm political spirit and faithfulness to the Party, State, the country and people, he said.

The police force has practised to improve their virtue and revolutionary morality, worked closely with the people’s army and other branches and fulfilled their duties for national security and order, the PM added.

In a context where the world is getting more complicated with hidden contingencies, police force duties become harder. Therefore, they should uphold their key role and mobilise the strength of the whole political system and people to join the fight against crime and maintain security and order, the PM said.

He also called on people to continue to uphold patriotic tradition, heighten revolutionary vigilance and positively engage in ensuring national security.

In his speech, Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anh reviewed the achievements the police force has made during the past 65 years.

During the country’s 20-year renewal process, nearly 200 police sacrificed their lives in the fight against crime for national security and order, he said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

S.Korea to set up task force on international marriages

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

SEOUL, July 23, 2010 (AFP) – South Korea will set up a task force to reform the international matchmaking business following the fatal stabbing of a Vietnamese woman by her mentally ill husband, officials said Friday.

The task force will be manned by officials from the ministries of justice, gender equality, culture and foreign affairs, the prime minister’s office said.

It will discuss measures ranging from changing how international marriage brokerage businesses are run to helping foreign spouses settle in Korea.

Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc, 20, was beaten and stabbed to death by her 47-year-old husband on July 8, eight days after she arrived in the southern port city of Busan.

The man told police he had heard a “ghost’s voice” urging him to kill the bride when they quarrelled. He had been treated 57 times for schizophrenia since July 2005, police said.

Prime Minister Chung Un-Chan called for tighter control over international marriage brokerages and a budget increase for facilities supporting multicultural families.

Ngoc’s family will receive 30 million won (25,020 dollars) in compensation, Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.

More than a third of South Korean fishermen and farmers who married last year chose immigrant brides, some because they were unable to find local women happy to lead a rural lifestyle.

Official figures show foreigners — mostly from China or Southeast Asia — were brides in 1,987 marriages to farmers and fishermen in 2009, 35 percent of the total.

The figures showed 47 percent of the foreign brides came from Vietnam, 26 percent from China and 10 percent from Cambodia.

Also on Friday, a court in Busan sentenced three brokers to up to one year in prison on charges of illegally arranging marriages between Koreans and Vietnamese women.

Matchmaking agents arrange short overseas trips for Korean bachelors to find candidates.

Activists say some foreign brides, coaxed by false promises or deceptive advertising, end up living with spouses who have few assets or who are ill, alcoholic or just difficult.

Source: SGGP

Border guard force coordinates with SGGP to support the poor

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

A memorandum of understanding about cooperation on propaganda information related to border guards and activities to support to residents at border and island areas was signed between Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper Editor-in-Chief Tran The Tuyen and Lieutenant General Vo Trong Viet, political commissar of the Command of the Border Guard Force, on July 7.

(L-R) Editor-in-Chief  Tran The Tuyen, Lt. Gen. Vo Trong Viet, SGGP journalist Nguyen Duc Quang pose for picture after the signing of the MoU. (Photo: SGGP)

Under the memorandum of understanding, the Border Guard Force will supply information frequently and create advantageous conditions to help SGGP reporters to penetrate the reality of provincial borderlines and their guard forces, as well as island border areas.

SGGP will also receive updated information pertaining to the border guard force’s activities to protect the sovereignty, security and safety of land border areas as well as for disaster protection.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Chief Editor Tuyen said that SGGP reporters are always interested in national defense work, propaganda activities related to border security and sovereignty protection and pay close attention to improving conditions for the poor and other social policy beneficiaries in the areas.

SGGP will allocate more than VND50 billion (US$2.5 million) collected from a charity music performance to build many houses for residents along border areas, Mr. Tuyen said.

Source: SGGP

Thousands of tons dead fish force farmers into debt

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Thousands of tons of fish raised by farmers in cages in southern province of Dong Nai have died, causing losses of tens of billion VND for dozens of fish breeders. However, the cause of death of the fish has yet to be determined.

A first wave of fish deaths occurred in the beginning of June.

Dead fish have forced many fish breeders to liquidate because their property was used to secure loans.

Masses of dead fish float densely on the water’s surface in a cage on the Dong Nai River. (Photo:SGGP)

At present, farmers of the Thong Nhat Ward are worrying about their livelihoods because total losses are too great to overcome, said a breeder.

According to a report from the local authorities, the amount of dead fish totals 56,000 tons so far, causing the farmers to lose tens of billion VND.

A somber, anxious atmosphere covers fishing households in the ward, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s reporters recorded. Moreover, farmers’ anxiousness increases whenever their harvest comes near.

Vu Thanh Tuyen, a fish breeder said in nearly two weeks her family lost nearly two tons of fish while harvest was approaching. She said her family expended a great deal of money and effort in order to generate those fish.

Tuyen said her family has just been watching the fish die off and their dead bodies seem pile up in the cages.

The same situation occurred with other families in the ward, Tuyen said, adding, they do not know what to do.

The situation is forcing farmers to accumulate debt upon debt, said Tuyen.

Breeder Nguyen Duc Thang said his family has lost four tons of fish with total losses estimated around VND200 million (US$10,500). If fish continue to die in droves, his family would not be able to pay their debts, he said.

Thang’s wife remembers massive fish deaths of 2007, when her family had to sell land to pay debts. The same situation occurred again this year she has no more land to sell, she added.

Among fish breeders in the ward, Tran Duc Can’s family has suffered the greatest losses, estimated at VND1 billion ($53,000).

With surly face, Can said his family invested VND3 billion ($155,000) into dieu hong fish, breeding them over a total area of 5,000 square meters. However, from June 23-24, six tons of fish died, creating losses estimated at VND300 million ($15,700), not including the amount of fish that died from June 6-8.

With the situation of masses of fish dying, workers do not have anything to do, but many families still pay salaries. This has caused Can’s family and other families to face numerous difficulties, especially unpaid debts, he said.

According to Dong Nai Province’s Environmental Protection Department, the large amount of dead fish could adversely affect the quality of the local ecology and the lives of residents in adjacent areas.

According to people who feed and manage the fish farm, the main cause of fish die-off may be pollutants discharged from factories affecting the quality of water in the Dong Nai River.

Residents hope that the local authorities will resolve the issue as soon as possible in order to help famers continue breeding fish.

The Dong Nai river system plays an extremely important role in the development of 12 provinces and cities, including HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Long An, Tay Ninh, Lam Dong, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.
Approximately 60 industrial and export processing zones are located along the Dong Nai river basin, but just one-third of them have waste water treatment systems. The remaining discharge waste water goes into the river, causing serious pollution.

Source: SGGP

Developing the labour force to meet ASEAN’s demand

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:10 am

Journalism, a driving force behind national development

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Journalism, a driving force behind national development

QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:6 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese journalism should do more to fulfil its mission as a sharp weapon of the mind, uniting people from all walks of life under the banner of national modernisation and industrialisation.

Party Politburo member Truong Tan Sang stated this at a ceremony marking the 60th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (April 21, 1950) at the Opera House in Hanoi on April 20.

The participants observed a minute of silence for late President Ho Chi Minh – the founder of Vietnamese journalism, who was also an accomplished journalist in his own right–as well as the 400 fallen journalists who died during the struggles for national dependence.

Speaking on behalf of the party and the state, Mr. Sang, who is a permanent member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, highlighted the great contributions made by the VJA to the cause of revolution and renovation of the party and people of Vietnam over the past 60 years.

Vietnam has great potential for becoming an industrial country by 2020, but is still facing many challenges and difficulties, Mr. Sang said.

Therefore, he emphasised, Vietnamese journalists nowadays must continue to be in the vanguard of the national renovation process, encouraging the entire nation to build Vietnam into a strong, prosperous country where democracy and social equality are upheld.

The Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association, Dinh The Huynh, said the association has, since its inception, always striven to fulfil its mission as a socio-political and vocational organisation for Vietnamese journalists.

It has worked continuously for the cause of revolutionary journalism, national liberation, construction and defence. Vietnamese journalists play an important role in facilitating communications between the Party and the people, closing the gap between Vietnam and the world and promoting the country’s image overseas.

Since being set up with only 300 members, the association membership has grown to 17,000, including many freelance reporters nationwide.

Vietnam currently has more than 700 print newspapers, one state news agency, two central and 63 provincial radio and television stations. Online newspapers have also grown rapidly.

Source: VNA/VOVNews

Source: QDND